November 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

More state polls: race tightens in PA; IN tied up

(CNN) – A CNN poll of polls released Saturday suggest the presidential race may be tightening in Pennsylvania — a state John McCain’s campaign has made a top target in the campaign’s closing days.

Sen. Barack Obama’s lead over Sen. John McCain in Pennsylvania stands at eight points, according to CNN’s latest poll of polls in the state. Fifty-one percent of likely voters in the state back Obama while 43 percent back McCain. Six percent are undecided. CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls, released October 30, showed Obama leading McCain by 11 percentage points – Obama had 53 percent support and McCain had 42 percent.

The race in Indiana is tied in CNN’s latest poll of polls in the historically Republican state. Both nominees have the support of 47 percent of likely voters in Indiana, with 6 percent are unsure about their choice for president. In CNN’s previous Indiana poll of polls, released October 30, McCain had a one-point advantage over Obama – 47 percent to 46 percent.

In Florida, Obama is ahead of McCain by four points. The Illinois senator garners support from 49 percent of likely voters in the state and 45 percent support the Arizona senator. Six percent of likely Florida voters are unsure about who should be the next president. In CNN’s October 31 Florida poll of polls, Obama was ahead of McCain by 3 points – 48 percent for Obama and 45 percent for McCain.

CNN’s latest Pennsylvania poll of polls consists of the following four surveys: ARG (October 29-31), Morning Call/Muhlenberg (October 27-31), NBC/Mason-Dixon (October 27-28), and Marist (October 26-27).

CNN’s latest Indiana poll of polls consists of the following three surveys: ARG (October 28-31), Indianapolis Star/WTHR (October 26-28), and Research 2000 (October 24-28).

CNN’s latest Florida poll of polls consists of the following: five surveys: ARG (October 29-31), CNN/Time/ORC (October 23-28), LATimes/Bloomberg (October 25-27), Suffolk (October 23-26), and Reuters/Zogby (October 23-26).

CNN’s state polls of polls do not have a sampling error.

soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Ken in NC

    There is no reason to worry about polls getting tight. As long as McCain has Barracuda Barbie, Obama and Biden will have the White House.

    November 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. soundbyte

    Polls mean nothing, only vote count. Please go out and vote if you haven't done so already. Don't make to same mistake as in '00 and '04.

    November 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Griff

    I Mock all Obama's Expectations....The Alien from Mar's who does not like the Cold....

    November 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. gt, FL

    Floridians are not stupid like the others. they know when it's time to face upto reality: Florida has lost most from the bushes and republican, and tha t because they supported "christian values" blindly. ;they were used again and again these past 8 years.

    November 1, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. mms


    November 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. irish

    You guys are forgetting about all the voters that have not been polled, and all the independent voters that will go to McCain. Your guy is going to lose. You might think he's got it in the bag, but he doesn't. Obama is going to lose and I hope he does. This guy is not ready for the President of United States. Everyone I know in my family, friends and people I talk to in random are voting for McCain and these are the people that have not been polled.. There's thousands of them out there. Good luck Obama, but not this time around


    November 1, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Pat Pa.

    I think what the people in Pa. need to think about is that McCain wants to do with their Social Security, their Medicare and Medicaid. Also, that he wants to tax their health benefits. I live in Pa. and I see how bad the economy is in this state. Well folks, it is not going to get better with McCain.

    Do your homework and then you will understand why you have to vote for Obama.

    November 1, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. MK

    The race here in Indiana is not "tied". The polls are wrong by a LONG shot. I voted early today, stood in line for 2 hours with a ton of young people, all voting for Obama and speaking proudly of the fact that they are voting that way. All creeds, colors and ages, stood in line for hours to cast their vote for change and the change they all want....Obama. I have never voted early and I have never stood in a line that long just to vote and I am of considerable age. I am proud to say that our young voters here in Indiana are taking this election seriously and are informed about issues. If young voters all over our Country will vote we can get Obama in office by a landslide and the GOP will have to take their rotten tricks and run home to pout.

    November 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. get Real

    Dear Independant White female patriotic voter,
    What news are you listening to? The main stream press is 90 percent positive for Obama?? Dirty politics? about smooth, manipulative and substance...God forbid Americans are that stupid or that naive...VOTE MCAIN/PALIN! She does represent the kind of woman that I would definately want to be!!!

    November 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. get out & vote

    For all of those in the swing states, please believe that Barack Obama is the right person for this job right now. Please believe in his ability to bring about the change we so desperately need. Please believe that he has the ability to bring this country of ours to the greatness it deserves to be. Please believe in Barack Obama because be believes in you.

    November 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. RJ2008

    If McCain is a maverick, why didn't he fight Bush in 2004 primaries? Also, what's up with PA voters? A two month campaign made them forget all the horrible things Republicans did to this country? The lead should have been somewhere around 15 to 18 by now. In my view, Obama should make one more round in PA with Biden. PA and VA are very important this time. I don't know why Obama is so sure of PA? May be he knows something (internal polls) that we don't know. Still, I feel little uncomfortable with just a 8 point lead.

    November 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Monica

    McCain, maybe you should send your attack dog to Arizona to make sure you don't lose Arizona too.

    November 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. it's all good!

    Stop worrying and start making sure that your friends get out and VOTE!!

    If you want some encouragement, go to and then click on 'this day in 2004'. Take a look at how weak Kerry's map looks compared to Obama's. Unless there is an act of God tomorrow or the next day, this going to be a LANDSLIDE– but everyone has to vote! Get on the phone and make sure they are making arrangements to get to their polling places and that they are prepared to wait in line for a while.

    Hurray Obama-Biden '08

    November 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. They Don't Know Anything in Penn

    Remember they are too busy cling to their guns and going to church!

    November 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. petena

    PA we are counting on YOU. Please be the state that puts the election across the finish line. PA voters please vote OBAMA/BIDEN. wE CAN NOT AFFORD 1 6YEARS OF THIS. PLEASE.

    November 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Mike in Texas

    My question on these polls is this.. Are they only polling those who have not voted? I know for PA they have not but what about other states that have?

    November 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. ron

    I lived in Philly for a while and I have confidence that the people in PA will put Barack Obama over the top.

    November 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Mike in Texas

    Also 11 to 8 means McCain still needs an onside kick to recover and score and go for two. Not impossible but highly improbable.

    November 1, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  19. Zeb

    I have to wonder why those voting for That One support his Marxist ideas of redistributing the wealth of the country, much like Castro did in Cuba, where the rich left, everyone else became poor is a good idea for America?

    I hope you like high taxes, because if you believe the ceiling on raising taxes will stay at $250,000, guess again.

    BTW, it was the Clinton administration and the Congress run by Democrats that said to the administration keep on letting folks buy houses they can't afford not the Administration. So the failed policies are from the Democratic side of the fence, not the Republican side. The only fault that falls on the Republican side is being fooled into listening to the Demoncrats.

    It's a sad time to see our great country voting in Marxism. Putin couldn't be happier, nor could Hamas, Osama bin Laden and the rest of the folks that hate us.

    November 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Gut Check

    What's wrong? BUTTERFLIES in the VOTING BOOTH?

    November 1, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. J

    Actually a couple of the polls responsible for the shrinking of the gap is more biased towards the GOP (Rasmussen (I know it's not mentionned here) and Mason-Dixon)

    November 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Sue in MI

    I'm praying for cool heads to prevail. McCain and Palin and their hate campaign cannot be allowed to rule this nation. We need the rational, calm, and trustworthy Obama/Biden to turn this country around. United States, not US VS. THEM.

    November 1, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Nervous in Texas

    We can't let up. They will gain grounds, we can't believe this is in the bag

    November 1, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Maher

    Regardless of who will win the state, the factor that worries me is the "sincerity" of the still "undecided voters". Here is a question for the conscious of the "undecided":

    "Are you waiting for something supernatural in the next three days to help you make up your mind or are you for McCain but do not have enough courage to declare it?"

    November 1, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Voted for OBAMA on Tuesday in Louisiana

    It will be a sad day for America if John McCain gets elected. It was sad 4 years ago when Bush was reelected... Please tell me we have learned our lesson. When I heard on the news that we were going to Iraq I remember thinking that made no sense – and it still doesn't. We didn't learn anything from Viet Nam? Please America, elect Obama. He will keep our troops safe by sending them where need be without blindfolds on. I cannot wait until Tuesday night!

    November 1, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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